BBAlogoMany of Atlanta’s favorite local restaurants are joining forces to show support for a great cause. From Monday, September 14th through Saturday, September 19th, popular Atlanta eateries will be participating in the first annual Restaurant Week in support of Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day Read More »

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Book of the Week Dark Rising: Book 2 of the Archangel Prophecies

Dark Rising:  Book 2 of the Archangel Prophecies
Dark Rising: Book Two of the Archangel Prophecies
by Monica McGurk

I’ve mentioned before that I’m always a little hesitant to commit to read a new author’s book.  Especially when they personally deliver it to me.  I’m afraid I’ll hate the book and then have to figure out how to let them down easily.  When that happens I never write about it because I don’t want to crush someone with a negative review. 

However when I really like a book I can’t wait to write about it and that is the case for Monica’s books.  Back in 2012 she gave me Locked, then The Key and eventually packaged 2 books into one as Dark Hope.  With each installation I could not WAIT for her to hurry up and finish writing the next book.  She recently gave me Dark Rising and when I finished I was so happy to see that the end of the book has a sneak preview to the finale of the series….Dark Before Dawn.   I just had to know if Michael was okay or not.

The trilogy is in the teen science fiction genre and reminds me of the Twilight Series.  Interestingly enough, Monica has written an award winning alternate ending to the Twilight Series entitled Morning Star.  I’m definitely going to have to make time to read Morning Star…… I miss Edward and Bella.

Sadly, I can’t get my boys to read (for fun) and have book chats with me.  However,  Burger Boy’s girlfriend is an avid reader and she likes to read and discuss books with me!   I gave her my copies of Dark Hope and Dark Rising and she LOVES them and passed them along to another DHS teen girlfriend who really likes these books too.   Get some copies for your high school girls or for old girls like me who enjoy teen fiction!!

One final note….the author, Monica McGurk, is a Dunwoody resident.  She and her husband (Tom) are very active in the community.   Many of you probably know her and didn’t realize she is a very talented author!

SSAT Preparation Classes

The course will consist of an overview of the test, example problems, test taking strategies to optimize success, and guided homework to practice the specific information covered in the test. We will be using the SSAT Official Study Guide. Classes will meet at my home on Saturday mornings. I require five students for each class, and the four one-hour sessions will be $100 per student plus the cost of the Official Study Guide from the SSAT website, which you will need to order. 8th grade Course #2 Saturday, October 17, 24, 31, and November 7 at 8:30-9:30 am at my home in Dunwoody * Please make sure you order and bring the UPPER Level Official SSAT Guide 6th grade Course #3 Saturday, October 17, 24, 31, and November 7 at 9:45-10:45 am at my home in Dunwoody * Please make sure you order and bring the MIDDLE Level Official SSAT Guide Please let me know if you would like to sign your child up for the class or if you have any questions. **I am a certified teacher with 9 years of experience teaching grades 3-8th, BA and MA in Teaching, private tutor for 15 years, St. Jude and Marist parent.


Vanessa Cucchi
(770) 670-8245

Act3 Productions Presents The Last Night of Ballyhoo December 4-19

BallyhooThumbSMALLSandy Springs, GA – Act3 Productions will present The Last Night of Ballyhoo December 4 through 19 at Act3 Playhouse, Sandy Springs Plaza, 6285-R Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Written by Atlanta playwright Alfred Uhry, the show is part of his “Atlanta Trilogy” of plays, which also includes Driving Miss Daisy and Parade. The show will be directed by Chris Ikner, winner of multiple Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Awards for best director.Tickets range from $10 to $23 and are available at

The Last Night of Ballyhoo takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family. The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are. Read More »

Act3 Productions Presents Guys and Dolls November 6-21

GuysDolls_LogoSMALLSandy Springs, GA – Act3 Productions will present Guys and Dolls November 6 through 21 at Act3 Playhouse in Sandy Springs Plaza, 6285-R Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Guys and Dolls is a classic odd ball romantic comedy. The plot follows gambler Nathan Detroit as he tries to set up the biggest craps game in town with the authorities breathing down his neck. The show will be directed by Johnna B. Mitchell, recent winner of the President’s Awards at the Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Awards (MATS). Musical Director will be Lyn Taylor, winner of multiple MAT Awards for music direction. Tickets are $15-$30 and may be purchased at

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Ruthless The Musical Comes to Sandy Springs

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Sandy Springs, GA – Act3 Productions will present Ruthless! September 18 through October 3 at Act3 Playhouse, Sandy Springs Plaza, 6285-R Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. The show is a comic romp through the worlds of Broadway, parenting, child acting, and blind ambition. Press notes call it “the stage mother of all musicals!” Michelle Davis will direct the production. Tickets are $15-$30 and may be purchased at Read More »

St. Elias Middle Eastern Festival

Festival-FlyerSt. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church is proud to bring the exciting sights and sounds of the Middle East to Atlanta during its 41st annual Middle Eastern Festival, September 19-20, 2015. The festival celebrates the heritage and traditions of Atlanta’s Middle Eastern community through food, music and dancing. Throughout the weekend, visitors will have the opportunity to take a church tour, where they will learn about the ancient Antiochian Orthodox Christian faith, as well as the significance behind the architectural design of the church. 2045 Ponce de Leon Ave Atlanta, GA 30307

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Tatiana Matthews
(770) 354-1911

Teens & Curfews – Georgia Law plus a Parent Survey

Last week someone suggested we offer a survey about teens and curfews. 

I love this idea.  I have two teenagers who are relatively trouble free.  However, I’ve said a few times before that parenting teens is the hardest phase of parenting thus far.  Therefore when I found this article from Alpha Mom I laughed and cried when I realized she is dead on.

Then I started researching survey questions and realized that the state of Georgia, along with Fulton and DeKalb Counties already have teenage curfews that I wasn’t completely aware of.

Check this out….

Georgia Curfews that apply to all teens under the age of 18 whether driving or not: Read More »

Dunwoody Driving Club

Dunwoody Driving Club will have a fall event on Thursday, Sept 17th at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody. The club members will display more than 70 beautiful antique and sport cars. The event is free and familes, kids and dogs are all welcomed to view some of the most beautiful cars in the Dunwoody/Sandy Springs area. That evening in Brook Run park there will be at least 12 food trucks and live music.

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chuck wing
(770) 757-0095

Camp Star Birthdays and Babysitting

Camp-Star-BirthdaysHi everyone, Our names are Sarah Carter and Hannah Buechter, and we’re seniors at Dunwoody High School. We have to create a business for the Academy of Finance, and since we love kids, we decided to start a kids’ party-planning business! All profits we receive will go to the DHS Finance Academy and Make a Wish Foundation. Whether you need help for your child’s birthday or you need babysitting for a large group, we are here for you. The party planning process allows your child to choose whatever theme he or she wants, and we will send you a list of games and crafts that relate to the theme. You and your child Read More »


Sarah Carter
(404) 414-1128